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Jewish Theology, Lesson 3
Why did G‑d give the Torah to the Jews? What does G‑d want from humanity as a whole? Why did He communicate with the Jewish people in a different way? Third in a six-part course on core Jewish beliefs.
A biblical history of the Jews
The Hasmoneans form a band of guerilla fighters called the Maccabees to defeat the wave of Hellenistic assimilation. After their miraculous victory, however, new troubles arose that would ultimately lead to the destruction of the Second Temple.
A biblical history of the Jews
Toward the end of the Second Temple Era, the influence of Hellenistic values became a threat to Jewish existence.
Jewish Essentials - Part 1
What does it mean to be a Jew? Join us as we explore the fundamentals of Judaism and our role in the world. This class is the first of a six-part lecture series titled ‘The Essentials,’ which introduces the foundations of Jewish life and living.
The philosophy of G-d’s oneness (Tanya Ch. 20-21)
The Noahide Code
Understanding the earliest origin of idolatry gives a better appreciation to a universal belief in one G-d. All of mankind has the right to pray to one G-d and should incorporate blessings in their daily life.
The Jews in Exile
The French Revolution brought on a period of great upheaval in Europe. How did the Jewish people deal with these changes, particularly with the challenges of emancipation?
The Jews in Exile
The Modern Era was a time of much assimilation, but also a time of great leaders who stood up to preserve tradition such as the Chasam Sofer and Samson Raphael Hirsch. We also learn about the great philanthropists, Rothschild and Montefiore.
The Second Commandment
"You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, nor any manner of likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."
A biblical history of the Jews
After the Hasmonean victory in the times of Chanukah, there was a period of in-fighting within the Hasmonean dynasty. Much of this conflict broke along ideological lines of Pharisees and Sadducees. Ultimately, this gave rise to the rule of the usurper Her...
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